Xo, G: Wine Coupled With Convenience

Photo: Xo, G Wine
Photo: Xo, G Wine

When I heard about a wine that was packaged for convenience, with the idea of a busy, working mom in mind, I knew I had to check it out. Not because I thought, “Gosh, every mom needs her wine!” but because we’ve all had family outings, picnics with extended family, romantic hikes with our husbands, and beverages are always such a pain. At best they are inconvenient, and at worst, carrying a glass bottle around can be dangerous.

Photo: Melanie R. Meadors
Photo: Melanie R. Meadors

I received two samples from Xo, G Wine: the Moscato and the Pinot Noir/Pinot Grigio combination. There is also a Rosé and a pack that is just Pinot Noir. The boxes were packed responsibly, and I had to sign for the packages when they arrived and was carded by the FedEx guy. I know this wine is available at Walmarts across the country, but rest assured that if you do mail order it, there is little chance your young ones can receive the package and go off for a good time.

First, I have to say, the packaging is adorable. I appreciated the effort that went into creating something that was cute and had a touch of elegance. Each “tower” is the equivalent of a 750mL bottle of wine. But the tower divides up into four individual servings of wine. The cups pop apart, kind of like Lego, and have a foil seal on the top. The cups themselves are shatter resistant “Vinoware,” but they look a lot like glass. Much classier than the red Solo cups we’ve often had to resort to on the go. With Xo, G, you don’t have to worry about that agonizing choice of throwing away the leftover wine, because each one is sealed individually. You can just pop it back in the picnic basket and you are good to go. Another thing I appreciated (and yes, please do enjoy your alcoholic beverages responsibly, especially around children!) was that the cups had no stems, and were safe for places like big family get togethers where folks are bumping into things, and dogs are jostling tables, and… well, you get the idea.

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Photo: Melanie R. Meadors
Photo: Melanie R. Meadors

So, what is this wine like after you peel the seal off? Well, you’re not going to get the equivalent of a $50 bottle of wine. Xo, G retails for under $10. But I was pleasantly surprised. The Pinot Noir really was quite smooth, and the Moscato was a bit drier than I like, but with that in mind, it was still good (it almost had more of a Riesling flavor than a Moscato, which would work fine for a picnic anyway). I think the quality is consistent for other wines within the price point.

Photo: Melanie R. Meadors
Photo: Melanie R. Meadors

All in all, I can say this wine is good for situations where you need something that is portable, or when you just want a glass of wine but don’t want to waste a whole bottle. It’s a clever idea that is executed very well. And the little cups are reusable for projects afterward—little terrariums, for example. All in all, my experience with this product was good, and I would recommend giving Xo, G a try.

Note: Remember, please ALWAYS enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly, and never, ever, ever drive after you’ve been drinking. Also, a sample was provided to GeekMom for review.

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Melanie R. Meadors is the author of fantasy and science fiction stories where heroes don’t always carry swords and knights in shining armor often lose to nerds who study their weaknesses. She’s been known to befriend wandering garden gnomes, do battle with metal-eating squirrels, and has been called a superhero on more than one occasion. Her work has been published in Circle Magazine, The Wheel, and Prick of the Spindle, and she was a finalist in the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Science Fiction Contest. Melanie is also a freelance author publicist and publicity/marketing coordinator for both Ragnarok Publications and Mechanical Muse. She blogs regularly for GeekMom and The Once and Future Podcast. Her short story “A Whole-Hearted Halfling” is in the anthology Champions of Aetaltis, available April 12, 2016.